A new, tailored mental health support service has been created to connect with small business owners undergoing stress.
“Small business owners have endured a lot over the past 12 months, particularly those hardest hit by the Covid crisis,” Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says.
“My Business Health is an excellent support tool for small business owners and it now links to Beyond Blue’s New Access for Small Business Owners program.”
The service offers business owners free one-on-one telehealth sessions with trained mental health coaches.
Mr Billson continues: “Crucially, the New Access for Small Business Owners program is provided by coaches that have experience in small business. Being able to talk to someone who understands the mental load of running a small business will make a real difference.
“Small business owners who look after their mental health, can also help their business.
Mr Billson says that 1000 small business owners revealed 1 in 3 were diagnosed with either stress, anxiety or depression, in a recent Federal Government survey.
“Small business loans are often secured against the family home, so if they lose their business, they could lose their home. The stakes are incredibly high,” he adds.”
Beyond Blue’s New Access for Small Business Owners program is now taking registrations here.